Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for letting Trails of Tales be a part of this tour. The Book title and the cover of Rachel Walkley’s creation were so intriguing, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review it.
Do you believe
Or Divination, the only school subject Hermoine Granger ever walked out on?
The whole shebang…..do you believe in that?
I did a whole term paper on Intuition in University.
That fascination is the reason that the premise of ‘The Last thing she said‘ by Rachel Walkley hooked and yanked me into the journey of Liddell sisters who tried to find the truth and ended up finding themselves.
The Liddell sisters
Twins Rebecca and Leia, with the only thing common between them being their birth date.
And Naomi, their 6 years younger sister caught between the twins, always feeling like an outsider.
What did bond them together was the attachment they had with their grandmother Rose Liddel, each of the sisters close to Rose in their own unique way.
Now if this story is centred around the Liddell sisters, how does Rose fit in?
Oh my book loving confidantes, Rose does not just fit in, she IS the point of origin.
Every year, on 1st June, Rose Liddell blows out the candles on her birthday cake and makes a birthday
The fact that they don’t seem to come true make the prophecies somewhat… iffy. (Notice how I italicized the ‘seem to’? Hold on to that because it is going to make sense soon enough)
Most people around Rose think all of it is a show, a birthday drama and her granddaughters reactions to these premonitions(?) differ vastly from each other.
Rebecca has always been an empathetic believer. In fact, since she was 7 years old, Rebecca has noted down all of her Gran’s prophecy in a little notebook.
Leia, the logical one with the scientific mind, scoffed.
While Naomi, ever the balance between her sisters, had an open mind but had her doubts too.
Our story comes into being on the 1st of July 2008, when Rebecca having baked a cake, dragged her sisters all the way to Chatteris to celebrate Rose’s birthday.
As expected, the moment Rose blows out her birthday candles, out comes a prophecy.
But this one is different. It wasn’t the usual pronouncement, made staring off into the distance.
Today, as soon as she blew out the candles, Rose stared directly at her youngest granddaughter Naomi and said
“Beware of a man named Frederick and his offer of marriage”
I don’t know about you but any sentence starting with ‘Beware’ makes me sit up and take notice.
The prophecy disturbed the sisters to varying degrees but they decided not to brood on it since Naomi had no plans of marriage in the near future and also the man she was dating was named Kyle (a far cry from ‘Frederick’).
Besides Gram’s prophecies don’t really come true right?
After Rose’s death in 2010, Rebecca takes out her old notebook and starts going through all the prophecies her grandmother had made in the past years.
The reason for this renewed interest was that Rebecca had realized she might actually have inherited Rose’s psychic abilities and had no idea what to do with them.
And slowly, she starts to join the dots and makes a startling discovery that Rose’s prophecies did come true but always after a period of
And if this pattern held up then
The elusive and possibly alarming Mister Frederick might just pop up in 2018.
What should the sisters expect and how would they deal with this Frederick?!
The relationship dynamics between the three sisters in ‘The Last thing she said’, fraught with psychological complexities was what got me involved in the story. Perhaps because I am a psychologist and we psychologists do lap up things like that.
There are frequent time jumps throughout the story accompanying Rebecca’s exploration of her grandmother’s prophecies. Rachel Walkley’s seamless transitions between the past, present and future gives the story a certain finesse which, I am sure, must have been an arduous task for the author.
The star of ‘The Last thing she said’ would be the intricate sensitivity with which Rachel Walkley handled the character of Rebecca and her struggle to ‘manage’ the intrusive psychic abilities that she never asked for.
The author beautifully captures how helpless such abilities can make a person even though some might think it is exciting. The crippling fear and social aloofness that could set in as a result was incredibly well portrayed through Rebecca’s character.
Each of the sisters and their insecurities are focused on with equal intensity which makes the story an adventure in itself. It has been quite some time since I read a story like this.
I am happy to have read ‘The Last thing she said’.
Now the last thing I’ll say is-Give yourself some of that happiness too.
“Beware of a man named Frederick and his offer of marriage.”
Rose’s granddaughters, Rebecca, Leia and Naomi, have never taken her prophecies seriously. But now that Rose is dead, and Naomi has a new man in her life, should they take heed of this mysterious warning?
Naomi needs to master the art of performing. Rebecca rarely ventures out of her house. She’s afraid of what she might see. As for Rebecca’s twin, everyone admires Leia’s giant brain, but now the genius is on the verge of a breakdown.
Rebecca suspects Naomi’s new boyfriend is hiding something. She begs Leia, now living in the US, to investigate.
Leia’s search takes her to a remote farm in Ohio on the trail of the truth behind a tragic death.
Just who is Ethan? And what isn’t he telling Naomi?
In a story full of drama and mystery, the sisters discover there is more that connects them than they realise, and that only together can they discover exactly what’s behind Rose’s prophecy.
Born in the East of England, Rachel has lived in big cities and small villages including London and Bristol, before settling in Cheshire.
For most of her working life, she’s been a scientist and librarian, and her love of creative writing has never ceased even when surrounded by technical reports and impenetrable patents. Among moments of mummy taxi, delving into museum archives, drawing pictures and flute playing, Rachel finds a little time to pen her magical mysteries.
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Publication date: December 13, 2018
Publisher: Spare Time Press
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